The cool October breeze flows across the spillway at Battle Run. Illuminated by the sun, the airborn seed of wild lettuce, cattails and milkweed pass through resembling stars in broad daylight. I close my eyes and listen to breeze as it whispers stories of the landscape it touches. Across the field near the pine trees a pair of blue jays patrol their domain squawking a warning to those who wander too close to their sacred territory. The wind speaks of the horse that raced the front across the open pasture and nearly won the race. Then the breeze invites me to follow along as it shakes the remanent wildflowers to strengthen their stems. As we approach the the thin patch of wildflowers the wind playfully tosses my cap into the field causing me to rush in after it. The hat came to rest at the base of a small cluster of Spanish Needles which I wouldn’t have noticed had the breeze not brought me there. After securing my favorite topper I knelt down for a closer look at God’s creation. The plant was a simple Spanish Needles bloom. What some might call a common weed. But God made nothing without a purpose. Even though we may not recognize the functions that any part of creation serves it’s not a wasted effort by God. Even if that purpose is to grow in a windy field and represent a smile from the creator himself it’s a noble purpose.
And tonight friends, let me pass this smile to you as well and pray that you are blessed throughout your days.
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